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How do I get my nursing license reinstated?

Monday January 26, 2004
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Question:

I've been out of work for years and want to reenter the workforce. What needs to be done, as far as reinstating my license? Do I need to take some training to further my education or get updated on new procedures?



April

Answer:

Dear April,



Every state has different requirements for reinstating your nursing license. The first thing to do is check with your state board of nursing. Find them at http://www.ncsbn.org/regulation/boardsofnursing_boards_of_nursing_board.asp" target="_top" onmouseover="window.status='Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online'; return true">www.ncsbn.org. You should be able to find the information online. You can also call or e-mail them. Some boards respond best to e-mail but use whatever works.



If you want to return to the clinical setting and have been away for more than a few years, you will likely need to take a comprehensive refresher course. These are offered by colleges, universities, and sometimes by healthcare facilities. Contact your state board and/or http://nursingworld.org/snaaddr.htm" target="_top" onmouseover="window.status='Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online'; return true">state nurses association to find courses in your area. You would want to look for a comprehensive course that includes both classroom and clinical time with a preceptor.



In the meantime, I would suggest you start to reconnect to your profession by reading some nursing journals. You can get out to the library of a local college that offers nursing degrees or to a local hospital medical library and browse in their periodical section. Generally, you don't need to be a student or an employee to use their facilities just for reading and research. And use online continuing education such as the ones at http://www.nursingspectrum.com/ContinuingEducation/index.htm" target="_top" onmouseover="window.status='Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online'; return true">www.nursingspectrum.com.



While you're getting your license reinstated and taking a refresher course, consider volunteering somewhere healthcare related. This will help to build your confidence and give you a change to hone old skills and learn new ones. Volunteering is a great way to ease back into the profession and get your feet wet.



Good Luck!



Donna